Local SPCA deploying team to Houston
WEST CHESTER » A team of ten Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) employees are deploying to Houston today to provide operational leadership at two locations as part of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area.
Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, UT) asked Adam Lamb, BVSPCA Chief Executive Officer, to help setup a temporary shelter at the NRG Arena in Houston to handle 1000-plus animals based on the growing need for animal sheltering services in that area. Specifically, Lamb will serve as intake manager for the new facility, leading the establishment of intake, medical and outcome protocols along with several BVSPCA staff members. The temporary shelter is expected to open this weekend and will handle a combination of rescued animals and overflow from area shelters.
Another BVSPCA team will help the SPCA of Brazoria County in Lake Jackson, Texas based on a request from the Texas A&M incidence commander for that county,
which has been assisting the shelter. The BVSPCA team will lead the establishment of intake, medical and outcome protocols at this shelter, which sits approximately one hour south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico. This area continues to experience secondary flooding, and search and rescue efforts for pets
are still underway.
To further assist this shelter, the BVSPCA is asking the community to help fill a supply truck destined for Brazoria. The Fill-theTruck-for-Brazoria effort will begin at the West Chester Campus this morning and will run through Saturday night. Donations can be dropped off at any BVSPCA location and will be picked up as the truck leaves West Chester for Texas on Sunday. Top needed items include the following:
• Crates, especially larger sizes; • Puppy pads; • Paper towels; • Disinfectable toys, such as Kongs;
• Paper gowns, booties & masks.
The shelter reports that they have ample supplies of food and treats.
The BVSPCA has been asked to assist in these situations based on the organizational expertise as a high volume, open admission, no-kill shelter. “We’re
honored to be asked to assist during this critical time in the Houston area for the animals and their families,” Lamb said. “We’re looking forward to working alongside so many local and national organizations doing heroic work for the animals.”
In addition to these deployments, the BVSPCA has welcomed almost 80 animals to date from Texas and Louisiana as part of hurricane recovery efforts, and such intakes will continue
as space allows. The first group of 24 cats and 26 cats arrived on Saturday, and another 27 dogs arrived early Wednesday morning. The animals are available for adoption at the BVSPCA West Chester and Georgetown campuses. They are animals that were in shelters prior to the hurricane that have been relocated to make room for rescued pets to stay local with hope they will be reclaimed by their families.
The BVSPCA asks for the
community’s help in supporting these relief efforts by donating at bvspca.org/ donate or by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.
Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission shelter in Pennsylvania to achieve “no kill” status and serves as the only open admission shelter in both Chester and Delaware counties.